Easily defeats opponents
In the 54th Assembly District race, 26-year-old Sebastian Ridley-Thomas handily defeated his rivals to win the right to represent voters in the state government.
Seek more attention for African American students’ needs
Against a backdrop of achievement numbers that leave no one in doubt that African American students in California and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are struggling, a coalition of Black parent groups and educational activists met recently at the Baldwin Hills Library to air their concerns about what is happening to their children in the state’s public education system and to recommend actions to begin changing the situation.
Candidates reflect that as well
The three candidates running for office to complete the unexpired term left in the 54th Assembly District when Holly Mitchell was elected to the State Senate are much like the district itself—a diverse collection of individuals.
Employers bullish on hiring
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly employment report, and although the economy added 204,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, the overall unemployment rate remained basically the same, up to 7.3 percent in October from 7.2 the month before.
Procurement opportunities featured
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) held its first-ever Small Business Opportunity Summit Monday at the California African American Museum (CAAM) and about 300 people turned out for the event, which was designed to help entrepreneurs connect with agency executives responsible for contracting and procurement as well the contractor selected to construct the Crenshaw/LAX light rail.
Even elementary pupils ticketed
In a report released Wednesday during a student/community rally and street theatrical performance, The Labor/Conmmunity Strategy Center Community Rights Campaign found that despite an 80 percent reduction in truancy ticketing since February 2012 and as much as a 50 percent drop in school police ticketing across all categories, African American students are still almost six times as likely as White pupils in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to receive tickets.
Comprehensive plan needed
Driving through communities like Chinatown and Little Tokyo, Forescee Hogan-Rowles used to wonder why it wasn’t happening in South Los Angeles. She also asked why they weren’t doing anything to make it happen.
Low-cost plan available
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare) which goes into effect January 2014 and began enrolling people on Oct. 1, has a number of provisions that specifically speak to the health needs of adolescents and young adults.
L.A. legend, Carmen De Lavallade, among honorees
As executive director of the California African American Museum (CAAM), Charmaine Jefferson knows that how much money the partially state-funded cultural facility raises Saturday during its annual gala will depend in great measure on how artfully she can coax donors to part with their hard-earned dollars and put them into the museum’s coffer.
Demanded decades of recognition for people of color
Every July, the Black arts community found itself at the center of a big bash celebrating the birthday of a man some called the “Godfather” of L.A.’s African American arts community.
Blacks need to push past the stigma
The actions of former Naval reservist Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people and wounded eight others at a Washington, D.C. naval base Tuesday, once again turns a spotlight on mental illness in the Black community.
Planning for remodel of Manchester/Western location in motion
More than 30 leaders and members of neighborhood councils, block clubs and other community groups met Saturday with representatives from the Ralphs grocery chain to express concern about the future of some of the remaining stores in South Los Angeles.
National numbers remain steady at 7.3 percent
Despite a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the national unemployment rate remained basically the same, (at 7.3 percent for August compared to 7.4 in July) and that 169,000 non-farm, private sector jobs were added to the economy, the percentage of African Americans participating in the civilian labor force slipped overall from 61.4 percent in July to 60.8 percent in August.
Progess made, more work to do
As America marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, there is one fact that cannot be disputed—there has been progress in the last five decades.
He died the night before in Ghana
William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois, a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor died the night before the historic march on Washington, and this year marks also the 50th anniversary of his death.
One of the eight top-grossing contemporary Black films
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” grossed $25 million at the box office during the first weekend release. Ticket sales topped the projected $15 million take, and put the flick well ahead of all the first releases for the weekend—$13.6 million for “Kick Ass 2” and $6.7 million for “JOBS.”
Decades-long career encompassed diverse musical genres
Mere weeks after releasing his latest album “Dream Weaver,” and a little more than a year after the death of his wife, Corine, veteran jazz musician George Duke died Monday at St. John’s hospital in Los Angeles. Private funeral services are planned.
Information session planned for Aug. 13
Turner Construction will hold a prequalification information session for people looking to subcontract on the $650 million Wilshire Grand Hotel Project. The meeting will be held Aug. 13 from 4-6 p.m., at the Los Angeles Convention Center in West Hall, Room 502, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. The deadline to register is today at 5 p.m.
Equestrian program inspires feature film
In families, siblings often support one another without question. That was definitely the case with Michele Ervin and her younger sister Sheila McKinnon.
Rebuilding infrastructure, simplifying tax code and more cited
Speaking in an address that lasted just a little more than 30 minutes before a audience at the Chattanooga, Tenn., Amazon fulfillment plant, President Barack Obama laid out what he called a framework and a national strategy “to make sure that every single person who’s willing to work hard in this county has a chance to succeed in the 21st-century economy.”
Outrage, legislative acts, vigils and other events continue the conversation
The nation is still talking about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial—in songs, teach-ins, panel discussions and legislative proposals. In Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act Tuesday alongside longtime supporter Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill.
Will honor 15-25-year-olds who continue the work
The 47th annual Watts Summer Festival is a free, two-day event that offers residents a mixture of entertainment, conversations and information.
‘It was important … hear the president speak about this issue,’ says Congresswoman Karen Bass
In a move that appeared to respond to calls within the Black community for a comment, President Barack Obama talked about the Trayvon Martin verdict in the Friday White House daily briefing.
He listens to their concerns, after Trayvon Martin verdict
They are the young African American and Latino students participating in the Community Coalition (CoCo) Freedom School program, and they were on the way from their morning session to a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss an issue that has captivated the attention of America—the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Urban League to launch local solutions
The Black unemployment rate for June 2013 continues at 13.7 percent, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is essentially unchanged from the May 2013 rate of 13.5 percent; the April rate of 13.2 percent and the 13.3 percent rate for March.
Snoop Lion, TI, Master P, ‘Lil Mama hold court
Despite the heat, more than 500 people turned out Saturday for a seminar on eliminating gun violence in urban areas.
Going after Curren Price’s 26th District seat
Although Gov. Jerry Brown has just called for a Sept. 17 special election to fill the senate seat vacated by Curren Price, who is now a member of the Los Angeles City Council, Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell in late May announced that she plans to run for the vacant slot.
Black Panthers, Freedom Riders tell their stories
The seventh annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature a special tribute to the 1960s beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 29, on the Leimert Park Vision Theatre back lot, 4318 Degnan Blvd.
nArtists shed light on little-known L.A. history
That simple question, combined with a snatch of a mural and the reaction of an elderly Japanese American merchant at the door of a Little Tokyo camera shop, served as the catalyst to unleash a whole torrent that for mixed-media artist and graphic designer Kathie Foley-Meyer has turned into a multifaceted entity called Project Bronzeville.
Teachers yet to agree to concessions
Two of the three labor unions that serve the Palmdale School District (PSD) have agreed to salary concessions and furlough days that will help enable the district to meet its financial obligations for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
World on Wheels skating rink goes too
It survived the civil unrest of 1992 that left its neighbors burned out hulks. It survived in a neighborhood where gangs are an ever-present force to be reckoned with.
New education model would be consistent across 48 states
During the 2014-15 school year, California public school students in grades three to 11 will face a new set of standardized tests aligned to a new educational standard called the Common Core State Standards.
Local, national groups are helping dads stay in their children’s lives
In 2012, Darwin Gray found himself feeling like a deer caught in the headlights. And it wasn’t a bad feeling at all. In fact, the 44-year-old father of two daughters gets a little nostalgic when he thinks about what happened.
Brown is a clear winner as mayor; Galvan slightly ahead as councilman
The winds of political change have swept through Compton once again, and based on unofficial election results from Tuesday, Councilwoman Lillie Dobson was in danger of being toppled from office by newcomer Isaac Galvan, and neophyte Aja Brown has denied former mayor Omar Bradley an opportunity to retake the city’s top elected spot.
Students demand voice in school changes
More than 50 students, parents, teachers and community members turned out for a forum on the future of Crenshaw High, and the goal was to ensure that the concerns and voices of young people are heard and taken into consideration as the school undergoes transformation.
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